Introduction: Visual Ethics after Communism

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Crowley, David
Nicolescu, Gabriela
Kapalό, James A.
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National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Bucharest
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This special issue problematizes the often-uncritical use of images in publications and displays about communism. It poses a number of questions for anthropologists, historians, museologists and others: when does an image or a museum display present itself as problematic and for whom? Under what circumstances is it ethically justifiable to exhibit or publish such images or, conversely, to put images aside, leaving them undisplayed? When do arguments based on “the public good” outweigh the right to personal privacy, individual integrity and cultural patrimony of source communities?
This research is part of the project Creative Agency and Religious Minorities: Hidden Galleries in the Secret Police Archives in Central and Eastern Europe. The project has received funding from the European Research 2020 research and innovation programme No. 677355.
Ethical practice , Visual legacies , Material legacies , Communism , Post-communism
Crowley, D., Kapalo, J. A. and Nicolescu, G. (2021) 'Introduction: Visual Ethics after Communism', Martor: The Museum of the Romanian Peasant Anthropology Review, 26, pp. 7-22.